Fredrik Bankler

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The first weekly bestseller lists of 2021 see Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong land the No. 1 spot in audio and the No. 3 one in hardcover.

‘Bäckström’ renewed for season 2

C More and TV4’s hugely successful crime drama series Bäckström, based on Leif GW Persson’s bestselling novels featuring the notorious Superintendent of the same name, has been renewed for a second season.

The second season, largely based on the third installment in the Bäckström series, The Sword of Justice, will be directed by Andreas Öhman and one more director. Screenplays are written by Jonathan Sjöberg and Dennis Magnusson. The series is produced by Yellow Bird for C More and TV4 in co-production with ARD Degeto and Film i Väst. Shooting will begin shortly and is set to Västra Götaland and Stockholm.

“Kjell Bergqvist’s interpretation of Leif GW Persson’s Bäckström was a smash hit on TV4 and C More. Therefore, it’s extra exciting to be able to continue on with a sequel. This time, the case is connected to a macabre, seemingly cursed music box, so the new season has an even bigger air of mystery around it – but Bäckström is still an asshole with a big heart and a lot of humor,” says Niva Westlin Dahl, Executive Producer at TV4/C More.

‘Anxious People’ one of 2020’s most sold titles in Canada

Fredrik Backman’s long-running bestseller Anxious People is the ninth most sold title in Canada of 2020 according to the daily newspaper Toronto Star, which ranks the title under “Original Fiction.”

‘The Red Address Book’ one of 2020’s most sold titles in Germany

Sofia Lundberg’s unforgettable debut, The Red Address Book, is one of the 20 most sold paperback titles of 2020 in Germany. The novel has now featured on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for more than a year.

Official US premiere date for ‘Beartown’

The TV series Beartown, based on the novel of the same title by Fredrik Backman, and created for television by Anders Weidemann, had its initial premiere on HBO Europe on October 18 last year. An official release date has now been announced for the US market, where the show will be available on HBO Max, February 22.

Lars Kepler and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad the most sold in Sweden of 2020

Lars Kepler and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad each performed a remarkable feat on the 2020 book market in Sweden. Lars Kepler became the No. 1 most sold author in the fiction category with The Mirror Man and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad grabbed the No. 1 placement in the nonfiction category with his I May Be Wrong.


The December bestseller list in Sweden

December 2020 saw Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong claim two No. 1 spots on the official Swedish bestseller lists: one in nonfiction, and one in audio books. The paperback list’s No. 1 spot went to Stina Jackson and The Last Snow. Taking home the e-book list’s No. 1 spot was Lars Kepler, whose The Mirror Man also featured at No. 2 in hardcover and No. 3 in audio.

‘The Mirror Man’ No. 1 in the Netherlands

The Mirror Man, the eighth Joon Linna novel by Lars Kepler, ends 2020 and starts 2021 at No. 1 on the official Dutch crime and thriller list. The novel in other words places first on week 53’s and week one’s individual lists.

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir the third most sold in Iceland in 2020

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s stand-alone The Prey is the No. 3 most sold title of 2020 in Iceland. The novel also claimed the No. 2 spot on the last list of the year, showing mid- to late December’s sales.

Anders Sparring’s Knyckertz family in SVT’s Christmas Calendar 2021

SVT’s Christmas calendar this year, An honest Christmas with the Knyckertz, will be based on the books about the Knyckertz family written by Anders Sparring. Sparring is also writing the script for the series, with Leif Lindblom directing.

David Sundin (Se upp för Jönssonligan) will star as the father Bove Knyckertz, and Gizem Erdogan (Kalifat) will play the mother in the family. Their two children Ture and Kriminellen are to be played by Axel Adelöw and Paloma Grandin.

An honest Christmas with the Knyckertz will begin shooting in late January, and will premiere on December 1.